The (Food) Stamp Of Disapproval

| Related | January 31, 2016

(I am visiting my mom, who is on food stamps. Now that I’m on my own, I have decided not to apply. Additionally, my health issues mean my diet is unconventional. For example, my cardiologist wants me to eat junk food because salt is necessary for hydration and keeps my blood pressure high enough.)

Mom: “You need to apply for food stamps. I’m concerned about how you are eating.”

Me: “What’s wrong with my diet?”

Mom: “Your diet is too high in carbs, which cause diabetes.”

Me: “That’s totally wrong! Besides, what am I supposed to be eating?”

Mom: “You need to eat more protein, fruits, and vegetables.”

Me: “That sounds like the opposite of what I should be eating. Excess protein can block calcium from being absorbed, and you know my risk for osteoporosis. And too many simple sugars won’t have the staying power to keep my blood sugar steady like complex carbs will.” *I do eat all of these, but not in amounts that my mom likes*

Mom: “I know.”

Me: “So why are you telling me that?”

Mom: “I’m not trying to fight right now. I just want you to apply for food stamps.”

Me: “I know, but I disagree.”

Mom: “If you want to be stubborn, I don’t want to fight about it.”

Me: “I’m not trying to fight. I’m sorry.”

Mom: “I was too good a teacher. You’re almost as stubborn as me.”

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